Our present generation is living out of the spiritually vacuous philosophies of modernism and post-modernism, the cancerous ideologies of free-market economics and unrestrained economic growth, and the corporate and political tyrannies that have nurtured an energised ethos of transience. The triumphalism of modernity has effectively wiped from our collective memories a coherent view of just whathas gone down in the flourish and flash of the late twentieth century. The immensity of human misery and the degree of cultural waste wrought over the past century have been largely forgotten. . . . (full text available in Download Options opposite)
This essay offers an overview of the forces active in the twentieth century that led to an escalating violence that culminated in the atomic lashings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It introduces what will become a series of essays progressively revealing the many faces of the nuclear project during this time when the forces of nature begin to return the violence that has been exercised so recklessly against the earth and her creatures for so long.